AU’s carillon: Something didn’t ring true about historic bells
For over 60 years Alfred University proudly claimed that some of the 47 bells in its campus carillon are the oldest in the western hemisphere, dating back to 17th century Belgium.
Now, however, a Dutch expert provides definitive evidence that the bells in Alfred’s Davis Memorial Carillon are not historic relics of old Europe, and that those who brought the bells to Alfred University in 1937 were victims in an international con game…
Davis Memorial Carillon
Historical sound bites: The original 35 bells arrived in Alfred in 1937 from Antwerp. The train that carried them from New York was greeted by a welcoming committee that included many of the 400-plus alumni and friends whose gifts made the carillon possible. The carillon erected in 1937 was considered a living memorial to Dr. Boothe Colwell Davis, who was…
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